What are Angels?

“Poets are born knowing the language of angels.”   Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light November has turned over time to December, a month of deepening frost, and merry celebrations.  It’s the festive season when all the twinkling lights brighten up the city and give even a rainy Vancouver sky a mystical glow.  This is…

Nike

Nike stands vigil on the Cordova Street median at Thurlow in downtown Vancouver. Daughter of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx, she comes from a distant past. Sister to Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal), she represents Victory.  Endowed with speed and agility, she took her place as the divine charioteer, rewarding the…

Defining The Hero

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Hercules, Perseus, Theseus – these were the myths for which I searched the libraries as a 10-year-old.  Magnificent heroes, blessed with superhuman strength and unfaltering courage, forged their destinies through journeys fraught with danger and treachery.  As…

Tablet One – Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.” Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh   Myths are not simple stories. Nor are they easy.  Not surprising, for they are the…

Masters of the Universe

“Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.”   C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections Mythology is a story of the sacred that has come down through the ages of humankind.  The breadth and depth of this discussion is immeasurable for it encompasses all cultures throughout time.  Even definitions and categorizations are complex and the subject…

We Need Myths

“Myths have a very long memory.” Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland Mythology! The very word has to power to evoke strong emotional responses because myths speak to the heart of human experience.  We long for certainty in a fragile and finite existence in order to build lives within…